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I take issue with some 'Christians' who go to church every week and yet live far less than exemplary lives otherwise.

It has been said that religion is the best cloak and being honest with one's self the best armor!
    There are many hypocrites around who believe that they are Christian, however their works relay something else entirely -Titus 1:16. These can be just as avaricious as anyone not knowing God. Jesus dealt with the likes of them all the time.(see 'Pharisees')
    Living as they please.(Jude 1:12), attending church regularly, perhaps influenced by a wrong message leading them to shrink from deeds of compassion due to complacency, this life and their presence in it supersedes the necessary efforts required to gain a great eternal reward. 
    Living a vision of self contentment.(2Corinthians 10:18 "For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth"), study, prayer and thinking time over how to gain the high eternal reward obviously seldom enters their minds. These are the 'frozen chosen', the mentally lazy lukewarm Christians.
    They give new meaning to the scripture phrase-"dead in Christ", and maybe this is why they may read what is written here. I speak facetiously.
    People have less of life because they fear what more of life would come with. Preferring instead to retain as small a footprint in life as is possible, in order to sort of 'slip by unnoticed', they have decided to not be strong enough to risk being hurt by results of alternate decisions. Often wasting their substance, biasing and prostituting emotional wealth, they are unable to be moved by the plight of others less fortunate than themselves. Perhaps sensing a kind impulse, yet by restricting acting toward its expression, any responsibility felt to assist another in need is bypassed for immediate selfish concerns -Genesis 4:8,9; Matthew 22:37-40. When decision to avoid decision occurs, it freezes us into inaction, and we become unable to participate in empathy. We thereby leave off the opportunity to assist in some way, and the one who may have been helped, to the further frostbites of life.

Some Christians stop at the first stage, virtually putting the responsibility for their salvation on to the 'truth' disseminators in the pulpit.
    But what about Philippians 2:12 ".....work out your own salvation with fear and trembling"? And Ezekiel 33:30-32 "Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses. And speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying: Come, I pray you and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord.(many are zealous for their church but not for the well being of others {'come on to our church and hear this great speaker anointed of God' [as if they themselves weren't anointed too]}). And they come unto thee as the people cometh and they sit before thee as my people and they hear thy words, but they will not do them. For with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument. For they hear thy words, but they do them not."-Matthew 13:30 "Let both grow together until the harvest and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather ye together first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."

There are some persons who don't like to hear about giving anything up in order to more effectively help others. These are the ones who prefer sitting in religious comfort rather than being a living sacrifice deeply moved by compassion. These are the ones who would rather hear fables about 'a smooth life' -2Timothy 4:3,4 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears and they shall turn away their ears from the truth 'and shall be turned unto fables'.(or, 'turn aside to fables' which are comfortable for them)." Isaiah 30:9-11 "That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD; which say to the seers: See not. And to the prophets: Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits,.(in effect saying... "we want only to hear that which fits with our emotional state of self comfort", or, "don't ruffle me").get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us."
    Those with fire in their hearts for God confidently move beyond, using what they spiritually and physically possess to gain a reward. In this way God's words become life to them -John 6:63
    Not being a Christian hot to do good, puts one on dangerous ground (1John 3:10; Psalms 106:36,39; Revelation 3:16) as far as their ultimate and eternal reward is concerned.
     SelfIshNess increases dullness of hearing.-...answer continues

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